Glen Fitzjerrell of Mission USA has a great article on next-wave about the role of missionaries and parachurch organizations in the emerging church. His thesis, if I may share my take on it, cocnerns the prominent role that missionaries must play in church plants and reorienting churches to local mission. Glen points out that many church planters struggle with a missional emphasis and can truly benefit by bringing missionaries along side of them. In fact, the reason why the early church was so missional in its focus was that it was founded by and accountable to missionaries. It’s a short read that is well worth it.